“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” -Isaiah 6:1 (ESV)
It feels kind of silly to talk about “favorite” Bible verses, since…
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)
Still, there are certain verses that just ‘hit’ you in a special way.
For me, one of those verses is Isaiah 6:1.
It’s a vivid reminder of the sovereignty of God, which is something we can all use.
Now, there are times when we need to put on our thinking caps and do a bit of Theological homework in order to fully appreciate the weight of a particular verse.
This is one of those times.
Though even a cursory reading of Isaiah 6:1 is marvelous, if we take a moment to study the context of the passage, we will be even more blown away by what the Word of God has for us.
So lets do that.
Uzziah the Prodigy:
As the writer of Chronicles tells us, Uzziah became king when he was only 16.
He was only 16 years old, and he was a King!
For those of us who have 16 year olds, or have been 16 year olds, or have just interacted with a 16 year old at any point in our life, we know that a 16 year old King is a pretty terrifying prospect.
Uzziah barely had his driver’s license, and he was ruling an entire nation!
Talk about an inexperienced candidate!
However, contrary to all good sense, Uzziah turned out to be a great king.
He was one of the greatest kings to ever rule Israel, and perhaps among the greatest rulers of any nation in history.
Under his leadership, the kingdom thrived and flourished in every sphere of society.
Economically, militarily, culturally- everything kept getting better and better for Israel.
While King Uzziah was on the throne, the nation enjoyed a golden age for decades- over 50 years of prosperity.
Everything was great.
But then it all came crashing down.
Falling from a height few will ever reach:
Seemingly out of nowhere, King Uzziah lost his mind and sinned in such a way that God said, “That’s it. You’re done, Uzziah. You’re not my king anymore.”
King Uzziah was removed from the throne, and died shortly thereafter.
For the people of Israel, their entire world was flipped upside down in an instant.
The wonderful king who had presided over their 50 year golden age was no longer on the throne, and in his place was a new king, who was a complete moron- to put it lightly.
It was a time of economic downturn, political instability, and general uncertainty throughout the nation.
But it was then:
It was then that Jesus showed up.
It was then that Isaiah “saw The Lord”.
And despite all the negativity and uncertainty of the day, in the midst of it all, The Lord was still “seated on a throne, high and lifted up”.
Today of all days:
Why do I bring this up today?
Because it’s good to remember in the midst of uncertainty that the True King is still seated on the throne.
Our King is sovereign over all, and His plan cannot be thwarted.
He is not dependent on any man to accomplish his plans.
“He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and removes kings.” (Daniel 2:21)
Today, regardless of what happens with earthly “kings”, lets remember this.
The King of Kings is seated on His Throne, and He is indeed “high and lifted up”.
Today of all days, let’s remember that.
Let’s rejoice in that.
Let’s praise Him for that.
What chaotic and uncertain time of life did you see that The Lord truly was “seated on the Throne”?
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